Wednesday, July 21, 2010

$20 ebook reader revealed

An outfit which wants to bring e-readers to the poor has built one for just $20.

The Humane Reader, which can be seen here, is designed to provide low-cost computing solutions to places without Internet access.  

It basically stores the books so they can be read on a TV screen.The beast is made using eight bit technology to keep costs down, and instead of a monitor, it just needs a TV with a composite input to display information. 

It has a 2GB SD card,  and it has a USB and a PS/2 port.  You will still need to get your paws on a keyboard too.Still if people buy it, they will get access to 500 books which could solve many problems about the distribution of information.

The outfit said that televisions are far more common in the developing countries than computers or internet connections. 

The Humane Reader has been developed from the ground up with cost in mind. The basic unit can be produced for less than $20 in mass quantities.

Thus for less than the cost of a single textbook the Reader can provide the equivalent of a five thousand book library. Wikipedia is the first content provided for use with the Humane Reader.

 A single memory card can hold most if not all of Wikipedia text in a variety of languages. The device provides search capabilities, and can be connected to an optional keyboard for more fluid text input.

 It is not an iPad or Kindle killer but you have to admire anyone who can build anything more than a pizza for less than $20.


Intel releases new price lists

Intel has released its new price list yesterday and there are 11 new products or price drops included.

The list, which was found by Hexus , said that there are the new top-end CPUs for the Core i7 and Core i5 families.  The Core i7-870 has seen its price halved.

There's also a new low-power version of the 870 - the 870S.

The Atom family is breeding like American trailer trash. There are a couple of additions to the Atom targeted at small form-factor desktops.  

This is the category that Intel insists on calling "nettops" which sounds to us like something a stripper would wear.

What is interesting in this price list is that it should give AMD, with its coming launch of its 'fusion', a reason to be happy.

It looks like Intel is not really that interested in stopping AMD getting its elbows into the mobile computing space with a serious price war.

However it looks like Intel may be looking to consolidate its position in the desktop market which is something that AMD may not be too happy about.